Reena Mary Thomas is an accomplished Painter, with a style of her own called Monochrome
Reena Mary Thomas has a distinct style in her representation of nature, with which she experiments with the color of brown. Contrary to the misconception about artists, Reena is devoted to her calling. She adapted to a style of her own, with out any formal training. As a child, her uncle had motivated her to express herself in the world of colors. She paints landscapes, which she considers as her signature expression, into which she immerses herself. When she is painting, in the words of the artist herself, b my mind wonders through unseen places and it draws me closer to natureb . Reena draws her inspiration from beautiful places, a certain event but more often than not, nature in particular. Quote b Yes, almost all elements of nature inspire me because nature is our ultimate source of informationb . In the process of experimenting with the vastness of the subject and splash of paints, Reenab s paintings has matured into an intricate interplay of light and colors. Her paintings display a sense of belonging to the autumn season and her love of nature. She uses monochrome, as the method to express her landscapes. b Monochromeb method of painting is b Painting done in a single hue. That is paintings & drawings or reproductions done in a Single Colour, or in tones of grayb . Reena has completed her Masters in Physics and devoted her entire time for serious paintings, which altered her painting from rough treatments to a more mature art form. She is currently based in Chennai. Her works adorn some prized corporate and private collections in Chennai and abroad. You can visit her web site for a peek into some of her paintings. Quote b I have miles to go before I can call my self an accomplished artistb adds to her ever humble nature and simplicity. She admires all the outstanding figures in the world of Art nb Paint, but her favourites have been John Constable, Raja Ravi Varma and the Hudson River school painters. She loves Malayalam comedy movies and listens to classical music, loves spicy Indian food. As an epilogue Reena would like to add this testimony, b I am a Christian believer and am sure that whatever I am able to do as a painter is only because of my faith in the Lord Jesus. I paint landscapes and have of late started exploring abstracts too.b
History and lineage play a major role in moulding oneb s talent. Focusing and Aligning the Paradigm of life guides one to the road to success.
Sadhana Sargahamb s life is a fascinating account of one such Success. Sadhana was born into a family of artists to the, likes of Neela Ghanekarb a Classical singer and Purushotham Ghanekar, a commercial artist. Sadhana attributes her success to her Motherb , Neela Ghanekarb . Sadhana commenced her b Sadhakamb at the tender age of four, and won Scholarships at the age of ten from the Government of India. Sadhana pursued to learn classical music from Sangeet Marthand b Pandit Jasrajb . Later Bollywood Maestrob s Kalyanji Anandji brought her under their wings and educated her about the effusiveness of music needs- Bhavam (expression) and Modulation.
Sadhana Sargam is making waves in the film industry by being versatile and mesmerizing the audience of many languages. Other than singing in her mother Tongue Marathi, she sung in quite a number of languages like, Tamil, Telugu, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarathi, and Oriya. Teri Umeed Tera Intezar (Devana). Kuch mere dil ne kaha (Tere Mere Sapne) bano rani (1947 Earth) main Teri hoom janam(khoon Bhari mang) Humne ghar choda hai(Dil) Har Kissi ko nahi milta (Janbaaz) Pehela Nashaphehela khumar(Jo Jeetha wohi sikkander) chupkese (saathiya) and also recent hits like b kuch na kahob are some of the few Bollywood hits she gave to her ardent audiences. Beginning with the original sound track of Manirathnamb s b Aley Payutheb she ventured into South Indian Cinema. Sadhana is one of the few singers who has worked with versatile Music directors like Illeyaraja, AR Rahman, Anu Malik, Kalyanji Anadji, R. D. Burman, Nadeem Shravan, Deva VidyaSagar, And IlleyaRajab s son, Karthick Raja, and the list goes on.
As an aspiring playback singer, she performed innumerable Stage-Shows, with which she had, kept the audience in awe, in US, Canada and Middle East. From the immaculate and breathtaking shows in Qatar, she is flown in, to enchant the ardently waiting audience of Nairobi. The Albumb s she released contained the b WOWb factor which mesmerized her listeners and audience equally. It would be apt to mention Amjad Ali Khanb s b Vadeb in which she sang with Roop Kumar Rathode for the Album Kushboo Rumm, which was well accepted and appreciated for the Bhajansb s, Gazals, and Romantic Numbers..
The Awards that followed, has helped to enhance Sadhanab s career. The popular song composed by Illeyaraja about which she says, b is close to my heartb Patta choli, from the Tamil Film Alahib , fetched her a National Award. She earlier won the Konkan Ratna Award as well as the Sahyag Foundation award. Sadhana considers her music to be a b Poojab and her success was a gift from the almighty God.
The Indian club in Qatar was proud to present such awesome talent to the Indian Community where she entertained the club members in the presence of distinguished guests, to name Mr. Rajinder Bhagat-Counsellor at the Embassy of India in Qatar. Mr. Bhagat released a brochure in her name at the function.
Upcoming singers and stage artists, Archana and Chetan added flavor to the tempo of the musical night for the Indian audience churning out a few dance numbers from the latest Hindi movies. The Stage Compeer Mr. D.Mahesh, a comedian, needs to have a mention, who kept the audience at the frenzy of laughter to his sense of humor. The President of the club Mr.Nilangshu Dey presented mementos to the artist, followed by a sumptuous dinner at the club.
Sadhana promised to be back to entertain an enthusiastic audience, whom she loved. She would love to have fan mails from those interested to listen to her songs. Log in at her official website, www.sadhanasargam.com, where you will come across, a brief history of her sojourn with life and music.
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